New Year’s Resolution: Velazquez Hopes to Start Exercising Horses in January

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John Velazquez John Velazquez

Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez, who was injured in a spill Nov. 2, hopes to begin exercising horses in mid-January after receiving clearance from doctors to begin physical therapy.

Velazquez was thrown from his mount, Secret Compass, when the filly fell during the running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Velazquez had to have his spleen removed as a result of his injuries, and was in the hospital for five days. He then spent an additional five days in California before returning to New York.

In an interview with the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday, Velazquez said, “Hopefully, by mid-January I can get on horses in the morning. That’s what I’m hoping. It all depends how [quickly] I get my strength back.”

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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  • David Juffet

    This is great news,make no mistake this was a serious injury.hopefully he’ll make it back, he’s a class act. Racing needs him. Our thoughts are with him.

  • Nayrod

    Yeah Johnny, so glad your ok and happy to hear you’ll be back soon.

  • Ginger2000

    That is good news! Hopefully all will go well.

  • 4Bellwether666

    Great news from a great jockey!!!…

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